Blues is a mysterious series of contradictions. It’s one of the easiest styles to learn how to play, but its also one of the hardest styles to play really well. There are great guitar players that can play the blues really well, but there are also great guitar players that couldn’t play the blues really well if their life depended on it. Everyone uses the same simple progressions, chords and basic vocabulary of licks, yet everyone sounds so different doing it.
Favored Nations releases one of the most beloved cultural milestones of the ‘60s generation, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, creatively interpreted and re-imagined in this all-instrumental rendition by none other than Andy Timmons!.
Long Awaited Full Length CD from the Andy Timmons Band released on Favored Nations. Already critically acclaimed, the CD is the culmination of over 4 years writing and recording and features some of the best songs Andy and crew have ever offered up. A true "trio" recording with virtually no overdubs. Features the original lineup of the ATB with Mike Daane on Bass and Mitch Marine on Drums.
That Was Then This is Now features 11 tracks compiled from ear X-tacy 1 and 2 (newly re-mastered!), plus 5 new tracks featuring the original Andy Timmons Band line-up of Mitch Marine on drums and Mike Daane on bass. This marks Andy's first official release in the U.S. (hard to believe).
21 rare and unreleased tracks spanning 1988 to 1994, the same period that covers ear X-tacy, ear X-tacy 2, and the Orange Swirl recordings. An unbelievable gathering of high-energy Andy songs, plus 2 killer Jimi Hendrix covers. Both discs showcase the prolific interplay of the classic Andy Timmons Band line-up, featuring Mike Daane on bass and Mitch Marine on drums.
Andy's 1997 follow-up to the popular Ear X-tacy CD features more classic instrumental songs in addition to Andy's vocal debut on 6 tracks. The powerful Night to Remember, heavy-grinding Wishing Well, and the neo-classical classic Groove or Die only begin to shed light on Andy's wide-ranging musical agenda. This CD highlights a natural evolution in Andy's writing and arranging.
The Soul Man! is beautiful, elegant music and, contrary to what one might expect from a straightforward Prestige session, it's made up entirely of compelling, memorable originals. When the album was recorded, both Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter were in the second Miles Davis quintet, and it appears from this record that they were willing to contribute original compositions for a smaller unit under someone else's leadership, even someone as modest as Bobby Timmons, who was essentially just a reliable, bluesy pianist, while Miles was a giant. The result actually is a small gem. Shorter is at the height of his maturity as a player, delivering eloquent, lyrical statements in that rich, confident tone, while Timmons lays down solos as witty as he ever played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the "school" that gave him (and Shorter, incidentally) an assured place in the business.